BRINK PRODUCTIONS: The sort of show you spend the next few days processing. Momentarily saddening, confronting or frustrating, yes, but always fascinating.
The latest show from Brink Productions is Land & Sea
. Its writer, Nicki Bloom, says that she was aiming for – amongst other things – something “between ritual and mess,” in which case she couldn’t have picked a better venue than the decadently decrepit Queen’s Theatre, where the show is running until May 26th.
Land & Sea revolves around four individuals, not so much distinct characters but archetypes. A father and daughter, played by Rory Walker and Danielle Catanzariti; a young man, Thomas Conroy; and an older woman, Jacqy Phillips. These people move through time, space and situation. They avoid each other or try desperately to connect. They fear the outside world or long to see it. With the constant shifting of perspective, director Chris Drummond succeeds in his aim to create a “theatrical Escher painting”.
All four actors are excellent, each playing a mix of roles from clown to villain to tragic hero. Walker is compelling as a broken, distant father. Catanzariti and Conroy are both enchanting as young people who are at once battered by, and interested in, the world. Phillips is fantastic throughout, but especially as an exquisitely sad hotel guest.
Added to this is the beautifully conceived performance of musical director, Hilary Kleinig. She supports the shifting moods of Land & Sea with perfectly matched tones and tunes. Song also plays a significant part in this show, and Kleinig’s work is joined by impressive vocal turns from the actors.
All of this combines to create an intriguing, captivating experience (marred only very slightly by visibility problems from some seats in the theatre).
Land & Sea is the sort of show you spend the next few days processing. Momentarily saddening, confronting or frustrating, yes, but always fascinating.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Land & Sea
Writer: Nicki Bloom
Director: Chris Drummond
Designer: Wendy Todd
Music Director: Hilary Kleinig
Lighting Designer: Geoff Cobham
Producer: Kay Jamieson
Cast: Rory Walker, Jacqy Phillips, Thomas Conroy and Danielle Catanzariti, with musician Hilary Kleinig
Queen’s Theatre, Adelaide
May 12 – 26